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FROM HELL TO BREAKFAST
saddle horn in place of my regular riata. And that night
I slept on my saddle as ever, and in the morning the
chontli woke as usual and began his importunate singing.
"Whereupon I rose and heated my coffee according to cus-
tom and after breakfast I brought my pony from his picket
and saddled him; and all the while that foolish chontli
stood perched on an outermost branch and gave his
attention utterly to singing. My horse being saddled, I
then mounted, and took a stance some paces away, coiled
my little riata and made a tiny noose; then, with great
suddenness, I buried my spurs in my pony's ribs and caused
him to leap into the air, straight at that chontli sitting on
"When he saw me coming, he naturally launched him-
self into flight; but this availed him nothing at all, for
my little rope was already hissing through the air, and
before he had given a dozen wing-beats the noose had
settled around his neck. He gave one frightened squawk,
and then I pulled him in; I made a tiny halter about his
beak with the rope to keep him from choking himself, and
then I tied the other end to my saddlehorn and drove in
my cows as usual. He at first plunged and sulked at the
end of the rope; but by the time we reached the hacienda
he had yielded, and was following me perfectly halter-
"And you may imagine the sensation at the hacienda
when I led him in and turned him over at his rope's end
to the administrator."
One of the audience, hunched shapelessly on his heels,
proffered rather aimlessly:
"The Indian who is loader for the mule-train that
camped on the river last night is the strongest man I have
ever seen. I saw him load all eighteen of the mules this
morning, thirty-six lifts in all, and each lift six arrobas1
of flour. And when he was through he was panting less
than the helpers who steadied the loads and pulled the
nOne hundred fifty pounds.
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From Hell to Breakfast (Book)
Volume of popular folklore of Texas and Mexico, including religious anecdotes, stories about Native American dances, stories about petroleum and oil fields, folk songs, legends, customs and other miscellaneous folklore. The index begins on page 205.
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Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964. From Hell to Breakfast, book, 1944; Dallas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc67649/m1/60/: accessed September 22, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Press.